The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Outdoor Living|Backyard & Outdoor Living #50
Grow your own food, improve your mental health and connect with nature
Simon Holloway

The healing power of growing your own food at home has come at a welcome time when the year 2020 has transformed lives and shifted the values of many. Whether you’re in a flat or house, you can grow your own food with Australian company Vegepod without digging up the backyard or cluttering the balcony. The benefits are now being recognised across the globe in 15 countries, with Vegepod providing access to edible gardening for all, including some people who may face complex physical and mental challenges.

That wholesome, feel-good sensation that is associated with gardening is nothing new, however inaccessibility and the inability to grow your own food is inhibiting a crucial avenue towards wellness. Vegepod’s selfwatering, self-contained portable raised garden bed has provided benefits from sustainable eating to therapeutic horticulture through connecting with nature. Aligning your mental and physical health is crucial, but the challenge is ensuring you take a holistic approach towards wellness in the space of your own home.

Wellbeing has been linked with gardening for centuries, with both physical and emotional benefits recorded by medical and mental health industries since the early 1800s. The science is there. The social and emotional benefits of growing your own food and getting your hands dirty include:

• Lowering anxiety

• Aiding depression

• Reducing stress

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